Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/07/12

The minors had a 3-1 Sunday with Springfield, Palm Beach and Quad Cities all winning while Memphis lost.

Round Rock 5, Memphis 1

A day after winning by a 5-1 margin, Memphis fell to Round Rock on the road by that identical score. The Express lead the series 2-1 while the Redbirds' record falls to 13-17.

Nick Addition took his third loss without a victory this season. He allowed six hits, including a second-inning solo shot, that resulted in five runs, all earned. Additon struck out six and did not walk a batter in six innings. Jess Todd struck out three in his two innings on the bump.

Memphis' only tally came in the fourth when Matt Adams led off with a smash over the right field wall. That was one of only three hits the Redbirds mustered, although Round Rock's pitching staff did issue eight free passes.

Monday's game: game four @ Round Rock, 12:05 pm CT, Brandon Dickson (2-1, 2.80 ERA)

Springfield 10, Arkansas 7

Springfield downed Arkansas 10-7 at home Sunday, a game that saw two of their top prospects leave the game with injuries.

Both Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras sustained leg injuries during the game that resulted in their early exits. The Springfield News-Leader has more complete information in their article linked below or you can check out the hot news items posted here at The Cardinal Nation on Sunday. Both players were part of the S-Cards' 15-hit attack. Taveras' first-inning home run came with two aboard and gave Springfield a lead they never relinquished. He walked twice and scored another run as well. Wong scored one on two hits. Both Jermaine Curtis and Chris Swauger had four hits with Curtis scoring three times to Swauger's once. Swauger drove in two as did Greg Garcia and Adam Melker.

Tyler Lyons was the main beneficiary of the offensive onslaught as he picked up his second win. The southpaw held the Travelers to one earned run, two overall, on six hits and two walks in six frames. He struck out four. Neither Jesse Simpson nor Jorge Rondon had particularly effective performances. They combined for five runs on six hits in two innings. Keith Butler pitched around two hits to pick up his fourth save with a scoreless ninth.

Cardinals hope for best after win – Springfield News-Leader

Monday's game: vs. Arkansas, 7:08 pm CT, Scott Gorgen (0-2, 3.64 ERA)

Palm Beach 6, Brevard County 5 (11)

Palm Beach fought back from a 5-1 deficit in the seventh at home to clip Brevard County 6-5 in 11 innings. The PB-Cards have pulled their record up to .500 at 15-15 which is good for second place in the division, nine games back.

Trailing 5-1 with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, Alan Ahmady's double to left with two outs cleared the sacks and brought the hometown team to within a run. One of those runs was plated by Chris Edmondson who led off the ninth with a single. He eventually scored on a wild pitch to knot the game at five all.

The Manatees were their own worst enemies as Palm Beach's first tally got aboard on a fielding error and moved into scoring position on a passed ball. The winning run reached base in the 11th on a two-out walk. The runner moved into scoring position on another free pass and Jonathan Rodriguez' single gave Palm Beach the walk-off win.

Kevin Siegrist held Brevard County to two singles and a walk through four innings before tiring in the fifth. The lefty then gave up three singles, a double and a walk plus hit a batter and was called for a balk. That resulted in five runs, all earned, but there were certainly positives in his first game action of the season. Iden Nazario notched the final two outs of the inning before tossing another two scoreless frames. Logan Billbrough and Dean Kiekhefer each threw two scoreless with Kiekhefer earning his first win.

Monday's game: game four vs. Brevard County, 10:35 am EST, Carlos Martinez (1-1, 2.45 ERA)

Quad Cities 9, Peoria 2

Quad Cities pounded Peoria for the second straight day with the same result, this time a 9-2 victory at home. The River Bandits have taken the first two games of the four-game series and they are tied for second place with Beloit. Both have 17-13 records and are 1 ½ games back.

Quad Cities' nine runs came on 11 hits and it began with Colin Walsh's eighth home run of the season. It was in the first with two aboard and put the River Bandits up 3-0. Walsh, our co-Player of the Day, singled and scored the team's fourth run of the day in the fourth inning on a double by Roberto De La Cruz. De La Cruz singled home two more runs in the River Bandits' four-run fifth to earn his second consecutive co-Player of the Day nod. A double by Virgil Hill plated the inning's final two tallies. Quad Cities' last run of the day came in the seventh and it again involved Walsh who hit his league-leading ninth home run, a solo shot. Tyler Rahmatulla was hit in the head in the fifth and left the game. Look for more on that via hot news as we get details.

Hector Hernandez bounced back from a sub-par outing against South Bend on the 1st by holding the Chiefs to a single tally. The lefty's control was an issue as he issued five free passes and six hits in six innings. Robert Stock continues his transformation from catcher to pitcher by throwing a scoreless seventh and eighth. Danny Miranda allowed Peoria's other run on two hits in the ninth.

Monday's game: Quad Cities goes for the sweep vs. Peoria, 11:00 am CT, Tyrell Jenkins (1-1, 1.59 ERA)

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